The design language in Google’s apps is constantly evolving, and lately the company has started to introduce more rounded elements in popular apps, like Chrome for Android and mobile web search. The next app to be round-ified might be Maps, as some users are seeing a slightly-tweaked interface during navigation.
Left: Current UI; Right: New rounded UI
The new look adds circles around the close, directions, and voice buttons.
Reddit beta for Android is getting a new update with improvements and features like AMOLED night mode toggle in Settings, improved bottom navigation bar, and more. The AMOLED night mode toggle in Settings switches over from the existing dark grey night mode to a pitch black AMOLED-compliant UI. This feature will definitely save battery, given if your device has an OLED display. It can also automatically switch on and off at certain hours. There are few other themes called Pony and Trees, and these have white as the main backdrop. Furthermore, the app also packs a redesigned bottom bar as well as major and minor UI changes and improvements, a new account drawer for switching between accounts faster. Like with most app updates, Reddit for beta also brings bug and crash fixes and improvements. With the new features and improvements, Reddit is shaping up to become a perfect client application, if not better than 3rd-party applications. However, Reddit is currently not accepting new users and applicants for beta testing. So, if you are interested in trying out the app, download the APK from here and side-load it. Via Fone Arena
Subways and buses may be convenient for most of us, but that’s often a different story for individuals who can’t get around as easily due to mobility needs. In an attempt to make public transit more accessible for that portion of the population, Google is introducing new “wheelchair accessible” routes in Maps’ transit navigation, starting with six major cities.
Wheelchair-accessible routes depend on whether a station has accessible stops, platforms, entrances, and exits.
The latest Open Beta for the OnePlus 5T brings Android 8.1, the February security patch, and a handful of other updates. This comes just a day after the OnePlus 5 got an almost identical set of updates in its latest Open Beta.
Android 8.1 is the star of the changelog here, of course. But there are a few other notable updates included in Open Beta 4 for the OP5T:
Upgraded system to Android 8.1 Oreo
Added New auto pick up gesture – answer incoming call by raising the phone
Added global roaming solution
Added new optimizations in gaming mode for immersive gaming experience including
notifications blocking, power saving and pausing adaptive brightness
Added more clock styles for ambient display
Optimized full screen gesture support (this is only for 5T)
On the occasion of Mario day, Google has teamed up with Nintendo to bring Mario to Google Maps. Starting today “Mario Time” is available on Google Maps for Android and iOS devices and Mario will accompany you on all your drives Google Maps this week. To get started with the “Mario Time,” you need to enter Mario Time, for that tap on the yellow “?” icon that is available in the bottom right of the Google Maps app post the latest update. Once you tap on the Yellow ‘?’ icon, you ’ll then see a prompt to enable Mario Time. Once it is enabled, you will see the Mario driving a Mario Kart vehicle on the Google Maps navigation arrow. Google says that Mario will be a “constant companion” during the entire week and the icon will be visible in Google Maps on every route you take while using the app. The Google Maps with Mario time for iOS and Android is currently rolling out to everyone and will be available for the next seven days. Source Fone Arena
Today, Snap Inc. announced an additional update to Friends and Discovery pages that should help make it easier for users to navigate between stories and chats.
On the Friends section of Snapchat, users will be able to cycle through tabs related to active stories, group chats, and “all” content. The Discovery section’s tabs will focus on separating publishers, creators, and the community. Snapchat said tabs will be launching fairly soon on iOS, and Android will follow in the coming weeks.
In addition to tabs, today Snapchat users will have many more GIF sticker options to choose from thanks to full support from GIPHY. Snapchat has partnered with GIPHY and greatly expanded its library of GIF stickers that users can discover and place into a story. Previously, the only GIF stickers available in Snapchat were in-house designed stickers that launched late in 2017.
Users can tap the sticker icon, type in the search field, and a new GIPHY section in results will showcase GIF stickers related to the search query. Like other stickers, GIF stickers can be scaled, rotated, pinned to a video story, and more than one can be added to a snap. Snapchat’s GIPHY support launches one month after Instagram announced a similar wide-scale support for GIF stickers in its own version of stories.
Honeywell has implemented new capabilities into its smart building app including navigation and the ability to rate spaces based on their comfort and cleanliness.
The Honeywell Vector Occupant app, created by the US multinational with a keen interest in smart buildings, is designed to give building occupants and managers better ways to improve safety, productivity and facility management.
Honeywell has just updated the app with a range of new capabilities and the most significant of these, by the company’s own reckoning, is indoor navigation. This uses GPS-like technology to help users find their way around, in complex buildings where they might soon find themselves lost without clear directions.
This capability uses an indoor location solution from Honeywell partner Insiteo. Users can quickly see their accurate indoor location, consult maps and routes and receive proximity notifications. They can get turn-by-turn voice assistance and a ‘share my location’ feature enables users a way to more easily locate each other in a building.
For building owners and managers, meanwhile, the app provides insight into foot traffic patterns, as well as promoting occupant satisfaction, Honeywell claims.
An early user of the technology is the Minneapolis Skyway System, a network of enclosed walkways covering 80 city blocks, which pedestrians use to journey between some 30 buildings in the city’s downtown area. These walkways protect them from the worst of Minnesota’s harsh winters and humid summers.
Steve Cramer, president and CEO of Minneapolis Downtown Council, said the app has been a big success so far. “For anyone who’s not a local, and for even some who are, finding your way around the Skyway system can be a big challenge,” he said.
“With our initial use of the Honeywell Vector Occupant App, we’ve seen an immediate impact. The interactive map makes it really easy and intuitive to know exactly where you’re going, and how to get there.”
In addition to the indoor navigation feature, the app also now gives users the ability to rate spaces, allowing those within a building to highlight comfort issues to building staff for quick resolution. A dirty restroom could be flagged up, for example, or a badly-lit corridor in which lightbulbs need replacing.
“Much of a building’s success hinges on how happy and satisfied its occupants are. They’re the lifeblood of an organization, and their experience within a building is what keeps them coming back,” said John Rajchert, president of building solutions at Honeywell Home and Building Technologies.
“The Honeywell Vector Occupant App has given users more power to shape their building experiences from their smartphones. Now, we’re adding even more features to deepen the connections between occupants and the spaces around them so they can be as comfortable as possible, and can more easily and efficiently move about a building.”